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University of Bath Teachers’ Awards

Celebrating excellent teachers in UK schools and colleges

Nominations for 2020 are closed

Celebrate your teacher

When we think back we can all remember teachers from our school who, in one way or another, have shaped our lives and turned us into the people we are today.


A black student with a male teacher holding his green glass apple award. Both are wearing glasses and smiling for the camera.

Each year The University of Bath Teachers’ Awards recognise and celebrate the important role school and college teachers play in guiding students on their path to university. We’re especially keen to celebrate teachers who work within schools and communities where moving on to university isn’t always seen as a natural ‘next step’.

We invite first-year undergraduates, along with all the current sixth form participants in University of Bath Widening Participation programmes (On Track to Bath, Pathway to Bath, Discover Bath, Discover Bath Fast Track).

'These nominations helped instil feelings of pride in our profession, as we are able to see that the time we invest, and the sacrifices we make for these students, are well received and appreciated. At times, teaching can be challenging, but this small token of gratitude brought a moment of joy and served as a reminder for why we love the job we do.' Mr Sumith Gamage, John Fisher School, WINNER of the Nothing’s Impossible Award 2019


Nominate your teacher

There are two ways to nominate your teachers - one for first-year Undergraduates and one for current sixth form participants in the aforementioned University of Bath Widening Participation programmes.


Undergraduates in red hoodies sat down watching the awards

Nominations close on Monday 7 December 2020

For many teachers, the biggest reward of all is simply being nominated and recognised for what they do. We feel that with the challenges 2020 has brought for us all, but particularly for teachers, a simple thank you is more important than ever.

All nominated teachers receive a certificate and shortlisted teachers are also awarded a trophy and a hamper of goodies; overall winners receive a prize for their school too.

The University of Bath Teaching Awards are in four categories

  • The Paving the Way Award - for going above and beyond to enable students to progress to University
  • The Nothing’s Impossible Award - for inspiring students to believe in themselves and aim high
  • The Never Alone Award - for outstanding pastoral care and wellbeing support
  • The Learning for Life Award - for nurturing talent through exceptional teaching

'To know that you make so much of a difference to have a lasting impact is overwhelming and satisfying beyond words. It validates the long hours and the worry and care that you put in. The nomination meant so much. I was thrilled, humbled and incentivised to keep going, knowing that what I do makes a difference.' Mrs Bethan Morgan, Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form WINNER of the Learning for Life Award 2019


Previous University of Bath Teachers’ Awards nominees

These inspirational teachers were nominated by their students in recognition of their hard work, kindness and dedication.


A male recipient receiving his award in the form of a green glass apple from a university staff member. Watched on by a female member of university staff with long blond hair and a navy blue dress.
Inspirational Teacher School or College
Mr Sam Salter Christ the King Sixth Form
Mrs Ellie Denscombe Llantwit Major Secondary School - WINNER of the Paving the Way Award 2019
Mr O Ajayi St Thomas More School
Mr Jon Reddiford Nailsea School (Sixth Form)
Mr Anthony Slade Bedwas High School - SHORTLISTED for the Paving the Way Award 2019
Ms Kirsten Johnston Queen Mary’s College
Mr Alistair Thompson Priestley College (Warrington) - SHORTLISTED for the Nothing’s Impossible Award 2019
Mr Richard McKenzie The John Fisher School
Mr Chris Mulgrew Granville Academy
Ms Leyla Pattison Churchill Academy
Mr Sumith Gamage The John Fisher School - WINNER of the Nothing’s Impossible Award 2019
Miss Sueneela Hanif Plantsbrook School - SHORTLISTED for the Never Alone Award 2019
Ms Sam Haswell Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form
Mrs Bethan Morgan Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form - WINNER of the Learning for Life Award 2019
Ms Sara Edwards Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School
Ms Katie Thompson Cox Green School
Mr Serdar Sabri Harlington School - WINNER of the Never Alone Award 2019
Mrs Moira Lee St. Peters RC High School, Gloucester - SHORTLISTED for the Learning for Life Award 2019
Ms Tina Bryant Caldicot School
Mr Jonathon Murray-Smith Churston Ferrers Grammar School
Mrs Samantha Whatley Bideford College

'Being nominated meant a lot because it showed that through being there and supporting a student, I have made a difference in their life. These students then go on to study further at University and the success continues which we do not get to see and sometimes our journey with them ends at results day.' - Miss Sueneela Hanif, Plantsbrook School SHORTLISTED for the Never Alone Award 2019

Some photos from the Teachers' Awards 2019

Here are some photos from a previous event


Teachers' Awards 2019